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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Bartender Spins Patrons' Tales

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Durham writer Gregg Cusick's day job as a bartender allows him to write about some things he hears from the other side of the bar.

He uses just a few elements of the tales from his patrons to create historical fiction in the form of short stories.

His first book, My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible (Livingston Press/2014), is a collection of short stories that explore our emotional connections to our own stories of love, loss and humor.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Changes In Governor’s Cabinet And Abortion Rules Revisited

Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker
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Governor Pat McCrory tearfully announced the departure of the state’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. She will step down at the end of the month and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla will move to the commerce department. Also, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for clinics in the state that perform abortions. A spokesperson for the department says the rules would likely permit the 14 currently operating clinics to remain open.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Shadow Side of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Jessica Sorgi as Little Red Ridinghood and Gregory DeCandia as The Wolf in the PlayMakers production of Sondheim's Into The Woods.
Jon Gardiner for PlayMakers Repertory Company

The musical Into the Woods begins like many classic fairy tales with the line “Once Upon A Time…” 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Psychology And Fairy Tales

A photo of Sigmund Freud (L, front row) and Carl Jung (R, front row) in 1909 when they came to Massachusetts to host a series of lectures at Clark University.
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Fairy tales have been around in various forms for hundreds and likely thousands of years, and many scholars argue that they’ve stood the test of time because they speak to many of our most deep-seated beliefs and struggles. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Pat Nathan Hands Down Her Corporate Success

Pat Nathan
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As a chemist in the 1970s, Pat Nathan was quite often the only woman in the room.

She remained one of the only women in the room as she rose through the rankings at the Dell computer company during the dot-com bubble. She entered the industry at a time when it was grappling with how to dispose of computer waste responsibly.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Chapel Hill's Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg
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This was originally aired on  10/17/2014

Nick Vandenberg is a man of many talents. 

In the early 2000’s Nick ventured from his home in the Mid-Ohio Valley out to L.A. in hopes of writing scores for films, and guess what? It happened. He worked wrote music for indie flicks that have made their way to the Sundance Movie Festival and has even had his music featured on Nickelodeon. But, now the multi-instrumentalist is based in Chapel Hill and he’s working on his second album of folk/roots music. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Shaping A New, Queer Life

A new memoir by UNC's Kenan Visiting Writer Daisy Hernández
Credit A Cup of Water Under My Bed Book Cover

This was originally broadcasted on 10/21/2014

Daisy Hernández grew up between cultures as a first-generation American child of a working-class Colombian mother and Cuban father. 

Her family hoped that she’d “become white,” but she struggled to meet their demands while forming an identity of her own. Her new memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press/2014), traces her journey, weaving stories of religion and family with details about a new world away from home, where she developed a new political consciousness, came out as bisexual, and worked as a feminist journalist. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

A Rising Tide: The Politics Of Sea Level Rise

Indian Beach, N.C.
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The was originally broadcasted on 9/25/2014

In 2010, the science panel that advises the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission released a report stating the state should prepare for 39 inches of sea level rise by 2100. 

The report drew heavy criticism from public officials and coastal developers. Their protests led to legislative action that temporarily prohibited policy decisions and directed the panel to complete a new report that forecasts only for 30 years. The panel met on September 24th and will release a draft report by the end of the year. 

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Turkey Man

Mike Davis is a turkey hunter turned turkey enthusiast who owns more than 700 turkey-themed items.
StarNews Online

Across the country on Thursday, Americans will consume the quintessential Thanksgiving food: turkey. 

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Telling Stories Of Family Traditions

Family eating meal
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During the holiday season, perhaps more than any other part of the year, families embrace or reject traditions.

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